SAT Practice Test

pencilGetting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? Kaplan is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, October 8 from 10:15am to 2:15pm in the first floor Meeting Room. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, October 15 from 10:15am to 11:15am. Registration is required. For more information or to register for the test, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: Pencil Photo by: mammal

Tomball Art League having its Fall Show this Weekend

Every fall and spring the Tomball Art League holds an art show and exhibition for members and non-members alike. The annual Fall Art Show is this Saturday, October 8th and the public can view the exhibition between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. It will be held at the Tomball Community Center, 221 Market Street, Tomball.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, information and applications can be found on the Art League's website at http://www.thetomballartleague.com/  Check under the Events tab.

Members and non-members are also welcome to exhibit their work here at the library. Call 832-559-4213 for details.

BOO...IT'S CRAFT TIME!

Have fun making a candy corn luminary at Craft Time on Tuesday, October 4th at 4:30 pm in the Children's Dept!  This program is limited to 20 children (2nd - 6th grade) and registration is required!  Call 832-559-4235 or stop by the Children's Reference Desk to reserve your spot!

Reliable searching using Google

Children want to search the web to do homework; teachers are rightly skeptical about the reliability of information they will find. In my last post about homework I wrote about the public library’s databases. You can trust those. You can also trust websites created by reliable organizations.

You'll know them by their domain name--that part at the end of their web address after the dot. You can usually trust educational sites (.edu), government sites (.gov), and organizations (.org). Texas A & M University's website, for example, is www.tamu.edu. The portal for all federal government sites is www.usa.gov . The United Nations website is un.org.

Google’s 'advanced' search will let you limit your search to only those domain names you want and trust. Put your search term in the usual Google search box. When it comes up with a page of results, look at the search box at the top of that screen. At the right you'll see 'Advanced Search'. Click on that. (See 2nd image.)  It will open another page (see 3rd image) that will give you options for setting the domain name.  Type in .edu, .gov, .org

This screen will also let you set the Reading level to beginning, intermediate, or advanced, address copyright licensing restrictions, and make other choices.

 

CHOO CHOO CLUB is back!

All Aboard!
 
Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to register for the Choo Choo Club early literacy program!  Each week, enjoy a special story time with books, discovery, music, movement and crafts.  Using basic language, math and science concepts, you will play, learn and have fun together, discovering the early literacy skills which will help your child become ready to read.  The "club" meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm from Sept. 29th thru Dec. 15th (registration for each session is one week in advance).  Don't miss the fun!  Call 832-559-4235 or stop by the Children's Reference desk.